Bollywood is ready to welcome yet another biopic and this time it is the story of the mathematics wizard Shakuntala Devi. Well, it will simply not be the story of her life the makers have decided to give a twist to the story and present it as a story of a mother-daughter conflict.
A daily quoted a source as saying, “The producers decided to not simply make a biopic on Shakuntala Devi’s mathematical genius. It would have been too boring to simply focus on her work.They wanted to make a film like Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures where the personal lives of the ladies cut sharply into their profession.”
Sanya Malhotra will be seen playing Shakuntala Devi’s daughter, opposite Vidya Balan.
“Rather than make it a one-woman show like the Jayalalithaa biopic featuring Kangana Ranaut, the producers and director of Shakuntala Devi have given equal prominence to her home life, her daughter played by Sanya, her son-in-law played by Amit Sadh and her husband Jisshu Sengupta,” source added.
Makers think that single character biopics like Thackeray and Manto didn’t do good at the boxoffice while, films with twists and multiplicity of characters like Mission Mangal, Padman went well.